My middle monkey, Makena, turned 5 last spring. She had been sharing a room with her brother since she was a baby and for her birthday told us that all she wanted was a room of her own. It was time. I honestly do not know who was more excited about this…..Makena or ME!!!! Once the excitement wore off, I quickly realized that my daughter was going to possibly be my most difficult client ever. This was a great learning experience for us both….I really wanted her to be involved and have her feel like it was “her” room, but I had to put my foot down on a few things…such as bright purple walls I ended up picking my battles and working with her together and in the end I think her room project turned out amazing. She loves her big girl room too. So….without further ado….the before picture:
Not much going on…..so we started by painting the walls a very light pink…almost white. My daughter wanted a bunch of really bright colors in her room, so doing the walls a soft pink makes it girly without feeling like it is a pink explosion. Her duvet is an old Pottery Barn Sheet set that I sewed into a duvet. It is so sweet to me, because this was the same fabric that I used for her crib bedding. My beautiful mom sewed the curtains for me out of the same fabric and her bright pink bed was my husbands bed when he was a young boy. I just sanded and painted it a bright pink.
We have hardwood floors in the bedrooms, so I found a really plush and soft pink rug on Overstock.com. It was under $200. It is great to have a nice comfy space for her to play on the floor. The chandelier was also in her room as a baby….but it was a soft pink. I took it apart…painted it gold and then sprayed the entire thing with glitter. It is so hard to tell from the pictures, but it just glows in her room….she loves the bling The ruffled pillow and gold lamp on her bedside table are from Land of Nod and the yellow throw blanket was a $10 purchase from Ikea.
The bedside table was our compromise instead of a bright purple room!! I bought a Rask dresser from Ikea for $35. Once it was put together….I stained the top and sides a dark walnut stain. Then I found a purple color that we could both agree on and bought three different colors from the same paint chip sample. One each darker than the other and painted the drawers. The hardware is from my very favorite online shop. I love the gold accent touches. (Notice my sweet baby girl in the picture on her bedside table…where does the time go??)
I bought other small accessories at Target, Home Goods or our local craft store. Most of the artwork is from different artists on Etsy. The print above her bed is an Andy Warhol print from Art.com. This cute little dish was my husbands grandmothers….it keeps all of her small jewelry safe. One goal in her room was storage, because as all mom’s of little girls know….they like to collect little, tiny things.
This is the other side of the room. The blue dresser was also a simple DIY. This dresser was an old, beat up Pottery Barn dresser. I sanded it and painted it a pale blue. The hardware is the same on her bedside table and I think it really pulls the two pieces together, even though they are very different. My sweet dad made her the adorable doll bed in the corner. I made the big floor pillows from fabric remnants found at our local fabric store.
Another view of her dresser. The mirror is a vintage piece that actually belonged to my husbands grandmother. My sweet mother in law was going to give it to the GOODWILL!!! I love it and love it even more, because it is a family piece.
Across from her bed is a bookshelf. This store all of her books and more of these “little items”. I took old Peanut butter jars and painted the lids different bright colors. These hold her make-up, finger nail polish and hand sanitizer (don’t ask…she is obsessed).
The blue jewelry box on the bookshelf was my mom’s as a little girl (also was in the goodwill pile!! Come on people!!) and the butterflies hanging from her ceiling were handed down to her by her sweet older cousin. The baskets hold her hair stuff, stamps, coloring stuff, etc. It is SO nice for her to have all of her things in her room.
This was such a fun and rewarding project. I completed this entire room for very little money….and she loves it. Now….onto redoing the boys room…..